Out on 29 September 2022

Joyful, Joyful

Ages 9-12
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29 September 2022
192 pages


A colour-illustrated collection of stories and poems celebrating joy, showcasing 40 talented Black writers and artists from across the world. Curated by Waterstone's Children's Book Prize winner Dapo Adeola, with a foreword by the acclaimed Patrice Lawrence. Joyful, Joyful is a book to sing about!

A large hardback packed full of illustrations, Joyful, Joyful: Stories Celebrating Black Voices makes the perfect gift.

With stories featuring a mythical whale, a message from the future, a Halloween dance competition, a talking book, a miraculous discovery in a moment of lost hope, the joy of jollof rice and much more.

Colourful and beautifully illustrated, with artwork from an array of talented illustrators including Ken Wilson Max, Dapo Adeola, Dorcas Magbadelo, Odera Igbokwe and Denzell Dankwah, alongside stories and poems by the likes of Malorie Blackman, Alex Wheatle, Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé and Dorothy Koomson.

These short stories and poems are perfect for readers of 11+, but can be read by all ages.

Contributors include:
Adejoké ‘Joké’ Bakare
Alex Wheatle
Arantza Peña Popo
Ashley Evans
Awuradwoa Afful
Camilla Sucre
Camryn Garrett
Charis JB
Dapo Adeola
Denzell Dankwah
Dorcas Magbadelo
Doreen Baingana
Dorothy Koomson
Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Funmbi Omotayo
Hannah Lee
Jeffrey Boakye
Jess Nash
Kelechi Okafor
Ken Wilson-Max
Kofi Ofosu
Koleka Putuma
Maame Blue
Malorie Blackman
Matilda Feyisayo Ibini
Michael Kennedy
Nathan Bryon
Odera Igbokwe
Ojima Abalaka
Olu Oke
Patrice Lawrence
Rahana Dariah
Robyn Smith
Rosaline Tella
Sharna Jackson
Snalo Ngcaba
Terrence Adegbenle
Tomekah George
Tracey Baptiste
Trish Cooke
Yasmin Joseph
Zaïre Krieger

The love, defiance, laughter, joy and power in these pages will leave readers feeling hopeful about their future and strong enough to fight for it.